Aromatic and Tangy Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

A restaurant that my friends like to visit, makes the most delicious cilantro lime vinaigrette. It’s rich and silky, and reminds me a little of a pesto sauce. So I thought I’d give it a try and attempt to create a similar yummy dressing. 

Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette Recipe

Recipe for aromatic cilantro lime vinaigretteI love the beautiful green color of the final product.

Ingredients for cilantro lime vinaigrette

These are the ingredients I thought I could taste in the original.

Salad with cilantro lime vinaigrette

The end result was not exactly the same. Mine is a little more tart and less rich than the original. However, it was really delicious, and I love the way it looked and tasted on this fresh red spinach salad. 

Cilantro lime vinaigrette recipe

Perhaps less lime juice or zest would do the trick.

Salad dressed with cilantro lime dressing

 Either way I’m happy with this recipe, and next time I may try tweaking it a bit but that’s the fun of a vinaigrette. You can work with different ratios of oil and acids, along with many different add ins, to make a tasty homemade dressing any day of the week.

Here’s the recipe:

Recipe for aromatic cilantro lime vinaigrette

Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette


  • 1 cup cilantro leaves tightly packed
  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic


  1. Wash and dry cilantro and remove leaves from stems.

  2. Place garlic, cilantro leaves and cheese in a food processor and chop

  3. Add lime juice and zest and process.

  4. While the processor is on slowly add olive oil through the top.

  5. Serve or refrigerate for up to one month.

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About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. I recently read that store salad dressings are full of unhealthy ingredients so I stopped buying them because after doing my own research I did discover they’re really bad, even the vinaigrette. This led me to making my own so I know what I’m eating and with summer approaching your timing is perfect. I always crave cilantro beginning in June and the spark of tart sounds perfect and that shade of green is very nice. I’ll be making this would be perfect over a green salad with chicken or baked over salmon. Thank you!!

    • Hi Carole,

      Every once in a while I get lazy and by bottle dressing, but you know, they always have that certain extra flavor in a not so good way. Most of the time I make one with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, a little mustard and fresh or dried herbs. This one has cilantro and I have been enjoying it so much, however, my husband is a hater. 🙁 He does like the balsamic vinaigrette, but I still like to mix it up now and then.
      Have a great weekend Carole,

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